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'Local Events Mark 50 Years of The NHS'

In addition to the national events marking 50 years of the NHS, many hundreds of others are being staged around the country to celebrate the founding of the Health Service.

Full details of what's on around the country are available from the regional contacts and here on the website.

A tiny selection of the events taking place around the country include:

NORTHERN & YORKSHIRE Regional contact: Simon Mills 0191 301 1477
A health fair at Driffield showground; a health trail with exhibitions at various museums in Yorkshire and Humberside; a 'Help Yourself to Health' week in County Durham; living history role-playing events with local schools in Newcastle; a pictorial exhibition of health care in Hartlepool; cathedral services in Carlisle and Durham; publication of a book on the history of the NHS in Newcastle.

ANGLIA AND OXFORD Regional contact: Nick Court 01908 844558
A debate in Cambridge on the future of the NHS; the launch of a heritage centre at Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals; a 'living museum' at Stamford Hospital; a celebration of the invention of prosthetic hips in Norwich at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

TRENT Regional contact: Tracy Holmes 0114 282 0318
Well dressings in rural Derbyshire in conjunction with the Tourist Information Office and local 'healthy' walks planned with the Peak District Ranger Service; special service at Leicester Cathedral with the sermon by Health Minister, Paul Boateng; 'Health Village' at the annual Lincolnshire Agricultural Show, with health organisations depicting the history of the NHS in the county; celebration performance of music and dance by patients in Nottinghamshire,
celebrating the five decades on the NHS; publication of a book describing the history of the NHS in the Barnsley area.

NORTH WEST Regional contact: Hugh Lamont 01925 704135
Event to commemorate Aneurin Bevan's official inauguration of the NHS at Trafford Park Hospital; gala events held by the health authority and five Trusts in the Morecambe area;
Longest Serving Employee award in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Community Trust; a commemorative newspaper produced in south Cheshire; an exhibition on the history of the NHS in St Helens' town hall.

SOUTH THAMES Regional contact: Paul Bryden 0171 725 2571
Launch of a permanent display and exhibition on medical advances at Ashford Hospital; educational module to be developed on health issues for East Surrey College of Technology's media studies course; NHS trusts and health authorities in Sussex collaborating on NHS-themed South of England Show; St Helier Hospital to publish a book recalling its history through the eyes of patients.

NORTH THAMES Regional contact: Tim Jones 0171 725 5472
Charity football match and launching a mobile museum of homeopathic medicine in Camden and Islington; Celebration service with an address by Cardinal Hume at St Albans in Hertfordshire; special visits for children to a Museum of Medicine by Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority.

WEST MIDLANDS Regional contact: Dawn Coley 0121 224 4690
Family picnic in Coventry; city centre celebration in Birmingham's Centenary Square; NHS float to take part in processions in Worcestershire.

SOUTH AND WEST Regional contact: Pauline Sinkins 0117 984 1873
Touring display of 'then and now' equipment and uniforms by Gloucestershire Ambulance Trust; Southampton General to star in a networked BBC documentary; exhibition of works of art by patients on display at Truro Cathedral; special edition of Plymouth Hospitals newsletter.

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